After the Indiana Pacers were blown out 103-77 by the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night, they fell into second place in the Eastern Conference for the first time all season.
“Maybe this will be a reality check,” Pacers’ forward Paul George told Bob Kravitz of The USA Today. “To be No. 1 and controlling our destiny, this is the time we could have had guys resting and really enjoying being in the position we were in. Now we’re playing down to the wire. It’s tough, but hopefully it lights a fire under us. Maybe we’ll have a better understanding of what we need to do.”
The Miami Heat have a record of 51-22 while the Pacers are 52-23.
This prompted the Pacers, losers of five of their last six games, to hold a player’s only team meeting.
“We’ve had plenty of players-only meetings,” Pacers’ center Hibbert said. “We’ve had plenty of sit-downs with the team and coaches, some with upper management listening in. Maybe we should all go to group therapy and have an airing of grievances.”
The Pacers will get back to work on Wednesday when they host the Detroit Pistons.